Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, the man who singlehandedly turned Irish dance into the phenomenon that it is, may be joining the judging panel of the TV hit "Dancing with the Stars."
Multiple sources confirmed to IrishCentral what has been a flurry of Internet buzz — that Flatley is being considered as a replacement for judge Len Goodman, who recently announced that he was recovering from treatment for prostate cancer.
Flatley has already appeared as a guest judge on the show, and was a huge hit with viewers. An industry source told IrishCentral that "Len would be almost impossible to replace, and we don't want to replace him. But his health comes first. If he decides he needs the rest and wants to step down, how could we do better that Michael Flatley?"
Goodman found out he had cancer back in March, but only announced that he was being treated after the eighth season had finished.
Critics have hailed Goodman as a trouper for going on with the show under those circumstances, and he is considered to be a seasoned pro by the dancing community.
"Goodman is a pivotal part of the judging panel for both shows ("Dancing with the Stars" and its British counterpart, "Strictly Come Dancing") because he represents the classic technique of ballroom and Latin dance. I don't think there are many dancers that have the combination of experience and willingness to say what was wrong with the celebrities," wrote one seasoned dancer and blogger.